Meerkats are a member of the mongoose family, and live in social groups called 'mobs' or 'gangs'.
|Scientific Name||Suricata suricatta|
|Native to||Africa, particularly South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe|
|Natural Habitat||Arid scrubland of the Kalahari Desert|
|Diet||Mostly insects and other invertebrates, but also other small animals and some vegetation|
|Life Expectancy||Up to 14 years for dominant animals|
|Conservation Status (IUCN)||Least Concern (3.1)|
About our meerkats
We have two meerkat mobs:
Mob 1 has 7 animals, including Hattie, our dominant female.
Mob 2 has 4 animals, and they live with our yellow mongoose.
How we care for our meerkats
Our meerkats are waiting to go out into our new enclosure at the moment, and once they are out in their plush new home they will be living with either our mongooses or porcupines.
Our meerkats are fed on a combination if invertebrates, fruit and vegetables and meat.
We enrich our meerkats' environment through the feeding of live invertebrates, the use of toys and other enrichment items.
How you can help meerkats in the wild
Meerkats are quite adaptable and are not currently threatened in the wild, but you can help to protect their natural habitat and ecosystem by:
- supporting wildlife conservation in their natural habitat, including the support of national parks
- supporting anti-poaching initatives
- taking action against climate change which is making the Kalahari desert hotter and drier - you can do this by reducing your own energy consuption